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PS Tutorial 001: PNGs by IttyBittyVic PS Tutorial 001: PNGs by IttyBittyVic
I decided to try my hand in making tutorials! This is my first one and it's about creating and cutting out PNGs. If you guys have any questions, please let me know and I will try my best to help you. Also, if you have any other tutorial suggestions feel free to send them my way and maybe I'll make it. :) And as always, faving and commenting is always appreciated! :D Oh, and feel free to show me how your cut outs turned out. :aww:

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EDIT: I never expected such a positive response for this tutorial, I'm so glad you guys like it! It's been getting A LOT of faves and I just want to say thank you to everyone! I normally thank all of my favoriters individually on their profiles, but since I've been getting so many at once, I don't have time to sift through them all (so far I have 170+ messages on here... :XD:). Anyway, thank you all again so SO much! :hug:
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:iconemmatheechidna:
EmmatheEchidna Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
whoa, thanks for this. I'll need to give it a shot, I've been looking and looking for a way to do this, and something more detailed than "lol magic wand tool" so yes, thank you. *__*
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I know what you mean, before I made this I've always been looking for an easy way to make cutouts and PNG's. I had found a similar way online, so I decided to go off of that and make a more in-depth tutorial on it. I hope you find this tutorial helpful, and if you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer them. ^_^
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SimplyStupid Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this is a great technique, but do you know how to extract fine hair?
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
This technique usually extracts most fine hair. If not, it may just delete the small, unnoticeable pieces.
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:iconmajestic-msfc:
Majestic-MSFC Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing this, this should come in handy. :D
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
You're welcome, I hope you find it helpful. :)
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:iconmajestic-msfc:
Majestic-MSFC Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks I am certain it will. :D
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urrrrrrrrr Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Thank you very much for the lesson . Earlier could not normally cut complex objects
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
You're very welcome, I'm glad you like it and I hope it was helpful! :)
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Mendicant Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Artist
Interesting tutorial. Three things though.
One, I've occasionally run into problems dodging/burning too much, and ending up with sharp pixelated edges, cutting out a picture that had very little contrast between the foreground & background.
Two, I believe the Background Eraser in Photoshop CS5 is somewhat easier. At this point. Personally, I use the BG Eraser to cut out an image, copy the transparency to a new channel and THEN dodge/burn it to suite my needs.
Three, creating a separate selection for the shadow & filling it with solid black (with partial transparency) makes it easier to blend with the background.
That's all. :D
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Thanks for sharing your technique, I'll have to try it out sometime. I have used the BG eraser before but it always tended to miss a lot of the background? Haha I don't know why, but I'll have to try it again you what happens. :)

Anyway, I'm glad you like my tutorial. :aww:
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:iconmendicant:
Mendicant Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Artist
The key to BG Eraser lies in clicking. A lot. When you click on an area, BGE considers that color to be the one you want to erase. So if you click on one part of the image, and drag your eraser all around, you'll get bad results. If you click & erase away bit by bit, it'll be tedious, but you get good results.
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IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
I see, I see...I tried it on a really small image today. It seemed to work fairly well, I'll have to try and out when I'm actually cutting out something I'm going to use. :) Thanks again for the tip, I appreciate it! :aww:
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:iconvoltism:
voltism Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
This seems like a really complicated way to do a simple task
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
For me, this was the uncomplicated way which is why I decided to teach it this way. The other methods of cutting out an image in my opinion are a lot more difficult and inaccurate.
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:iconvoltism:
voltism Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
couldn't you do magic wand tool -> delete -> done though?
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Magic Wand Tool doesn't get around small areas or hair strands very well, but yes...that is one way to attempt a cut out.
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DeviousTinky Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
You are awesome Thanks so much for your help in this I hope it works well for me!! :D
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Thank you, I'm glad you like my tutorial. :) Good luck with it, and I hope it works well for you! Let me know if you run into any problems or have any questions. :aww:
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:icondevioustinky:
DeviousTinky Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Wonderful thank you soo much! ^__^
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
No problem, I hope it's helpful for you. :)
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:iconaudeco:
Audeco Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! it helps me a lot! :love: :iconbummy1::iconbummy2::iconbummy3:
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
You're welcome, I'm glad my tutorial could be of help! :)
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:iconaudeco:
Audeco Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Student General Artist
:) thanks again! xD
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
:)
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pippyboy Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
thank you very very good
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
You're welcome, and thanks! :)
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desh93 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
good tutorial i'll use this information for my next work!!^^
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Thanks, hope it works well for you :)
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Gabism Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
this is really useful!
thanks for sharing. :D
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Thank you, and you're welcome... I'm glad it helps you. :)
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Treybacca Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Just what I needed. Thanks!
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
You're welcome, hope this tutorial works for you. :)
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Lyra531 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
omg this is so helpful! i use to erase the backgrounds out by hand it took so long and was so frustrating but this is amazing i cant weight to try it out!
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
You're welcome. :aww: And yeah, erasing the background by hand is annoying, so I hope this tutorial I made works for you. :)
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Lindethiel Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use the pen tool to make a selection. Layer via cut...
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
I only like using the Pen Tool for cutting out big objects that aren't too detailed.
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Akaris31 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
great!!!!
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Thanks! :)
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Prue84 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
I have learned the same method though via Brush tool and not Burn: that was interesting, with the Burn things should be easier. :P

Anyway, why don't just drag the image in PS instead of "open -> find folder -> click"? :P
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Some people don't know how to drag items (and sometimes with certain computers, dragging doesn't even work), so I just decided to teach the natural way. :P
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:iconprue84:
Prue84 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
I didn't know on some computers the thing doesn't work: it just so natural for me, and I'm on Windows 2000 so I have no "new" computer. ^^ :P
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Justicex Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Me personally, I prefer the pen tool for almost everything. But, as mentioned, it sux for hair. I am definitely downloading this for images with wispy hair :)

Thank you for your hard work! :headbang:
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
You're welcome! :)
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:iconbanachana:
banachana Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting. Why would you suggest this method over selecting with the lasso tool?
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
I don't think (in my opinion, anyway) that any of the Lasso Tools PS comes with are very accurate, especially when it comes to cutting out hair. The only time i'd suggest a Lasso Tool is if you're just cutting out something quickly. This method seems to make the cleanest cut, at least for me.
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banachana Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't done much cutting out, that is why I asked. The things I have cut out have been very concrete.

Thank you. I will definitely try this next time :D
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:iconittybittyvic:
IttyBittyVic Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
No problem, I hope my answer helped. And you're welcome, hope this method works out for you. :D
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banachana Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, thank you!
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never used such technic for extracting a part of a picture, i must try :p
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